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Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Doylestown Health

Updated January 25, 2021

Doylestown Health is restricted in the administration of the vaccine by Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.  We are currently in the 1A phase of administration. Individuals interested in receiving the vaccine should not contact the hospital or their physicians at this point. Doylestown Health Physicians are currently in the process of prioritizing and reaching out directly to their patients. For individuals who do not have an Doylestown Health Physician, please contact the Department of Health. For more information about Doylestown Health's vaccine distribution, please call 215.489.7426

  • Vaccine Information

    This information was updated on January 25, 2021

    For more information about Doylestown Health's vaccine distribution, please call 215.489.7426

    Vaccine availability in our region is determined by state allocations and is well short of the amount required to vaccinate all who meet the newly expanded 1A Phase of distribution.

    Currently, there is an absence of public sites to receive the vaccination, placing the burden of vaccination in Bucks County on the county’s hospitals with their limited supply and resources.

    Allocations to Doylestown Health are determined on a week-by-week basis by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and fall far short of the public’s interest in receiving it.

    Doylestown Health’s priority is to vaccinate as many appropriate persons in the current 1A Phase as supply and resources allow. To accomplish this, Doylestown Health physician practices (primary care and specialists) are in the process of contacting their patients who are the sickest and at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19 to meet the most immediate demand for vaccine.

    There is considerable behind-the-scenes documentation to register each person who receives the vaccine. That information for patients of Doylestown Health is readily accessible and electronically transferred to the state to complete the registration process accurately and efficiently.

    Community members who do not have a Doylestown Health primary care or specialist physician may visit the Bucks County Department of Health website for additional information. Doylestown Health will expand access to all members of the community as supply and resources allow.

    Please be patient. There is currently not enough vaccine for all who want it. The current vaccines require two doses for highest efficacy, creating twice the work to fully vaccinate an individual.

    Be safe. Wear a facemask. Practice social distancing. Wash hands often. These practices are effective.

    COVID-19 Vaccinations inquiries must go through your Doylestown Health Physician.

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    Next Steps

    Doylestown Health Patients:

    Your Doylestown Health primary care provider will contact you as the vaccine becomes available.  As a patient of Doylestown Health, your medical and demographic information is electronically accessible to complete your registration when the vaccine is available to you.


    Who Gets the Vaccine, and When

    The CDC issued recommendations for the administration of the limited supply of vaccine, and the PA Department of Health issued guidelines for distribution in the commonwealth that will take place over the coming months.

    Here is an abbreviated overview of the guidance:

    Phase 1B
    • People in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term care facilities, and persons receiving home and community-based services
    • First responders
    • Correctional officers and other workers serving people in congregate care settings not included in Phase 1A
    • Food and agricultural workers
    • U.S. Postal Service workers
    • Manufacturing workers
    • Grocery store workers
    • Education workers
    • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
    • Public transit workers
    • Individuals caring for children or adults in early childhood and adult day programs
    Phase 1C
    Essential workers in these sectors:
    • Transportation and logistics
    • Water and wastewater
    • Food service
    • Housing construction
    • Finance, including bank tellers
    • Information technology
    • Communications
    • Energy, including nuclear reactors
    • Legal services
    • Federal, state, county and local government workers, including county election workers, elected officials and members of the judiciary and their staff
    • Media
    • Public safety
    • Public health workers
    Phase 2

    All individuals not previously covered who are 16 and older and do not have a contraindication to the vaccine. Note: At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech product is approved for those age 16 and 17.

    • All persons of any age not previously vaccinated.

    Community Members without a Doylestown Health Physician:

    Please register your interest on the Bucks County Department of Health website. Registration for those not in the Doylestown Health network requires the manual entry of medical and demographic information. Doylestown Health does not have capacity to register those outside our network at this time.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health expanded its 1A Phase for vaccine distribution on Jan. 19 to include persons over the age of 65 and younger persons with high-risk conditions – in addition to the healthcare workers included in the initial guidelines. See new 1A Phase list below.

    Please note: The expanded 1A Phase includes many more individuals than the amount of available vaccine and the resources necessary to administer the vaccine.

    Doylestown Health is vigorously attempting to meet the needs of the community; however, interest far exceeds current supply of vaccine and resources.

    The current vaccines available require two doses, either 21 days (Pfizer-BioNTech) or 28 days (Moderna) apart.

    Please be patient and continue to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and wash your hand regularly.

    Phase 1A as of Jan. 19

    • Long-term care facility residents
    • Health care personnel including, but not limited to:
      • Emergency medical service personnel
      • Nurses
      • Nursing assistants
      • Physicians
      • Dentists
      • Dental hygienists
      • Chiropractors
      • Therapists
      • Phlebotomists
      • Pharmacists
      • Technicians
      • Pharmacy technicians
      • Health professions students and trainees
      • Direct support professionals
      • Clinical personnel in school settings or correctional facilities
      • Contractual HCP not directly employed by the health care facility
    • Persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious material that can transmit disease among or from health care personnel and patients
    • Persons ages 65 and older
    • Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions:
      • Cancer
      • Chronic kidney disease
      • COPD
      • Down Syndrome
      • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
      • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
      • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
      • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
      • Pregnancy
      • Sickle cell disease
      • Smoking
      • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
    See also the PA Department of Health website.

    What's taking so long?

    There is limited supply of vaccine as allocated by the Department of Health to specific facilities such as hospitals, and the resources necessary to vaccinate people are also finite.

    Unlike the one-shot flu vaccine, the first two COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the U.S. require two doses. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has two doses 21 days apart; the Moderna vaccine has two doses 28 days apart.

    It is critical that the two doses are delivered at the appropriate interval to be effective. Additionally, all who receive the vaccine must be registered as a patient, provide demographic information, and secure a date and time for the second dose. These rolling vaccination schedules require extensive behind-the-scenes work to ensure all who receive the vaccines are protected.

    Why is there variation in vaccine distribution throughout the U.S.?

    Every state in the U.S. determines its vaccine distribution guidelines based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Doylestown Health closely follows the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.

    How long will it take to vaccinate everyone?

    It is too early to predict; however, as more vaccines are approved in the U.S. (another five are in the pipeline), there will be more availability. There will continue to be obstacles due to the logistics of offering two doses of vaccine (one potential vaccine candidate requires only one dose) to 330 million residents of the U.S.

    Where can I find more information?

    Pennsylvania Department of Health
    Bucks County Department of Health
    Montgomery County Department of Health
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

    Symptoms of COVID-19 may vary by person and range from mild to severe illness. Symptoms of Coronavirus include:

    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • The loss of sense of smell and taste
  • Testing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

    Screening Tests

    Doylestown Health has established a dedicated drive-thru testing site at 584 W. Swamp Road (Route 313) for the screening of COVID-19 or seasonal flu infection conducted by physician's order only. This change is to keep patients safe and to provide for efficient and convenient results.

    To schedule a drive-thru test, please call 267-810-1730 for direct access to 70 available phone lines.

    The drive-thru testing facility is replacing all outpatient COVID-19 testing previously performed on the Doylestown Hospital campus or the Doylestown Health Urgent Care Center.

    Patients interested in being tested should consult their primary care physician first about the need and appropriateness for a screening test. Patients will receive scheduling instructions when they obtain a physician order for either the COVID-19 or seasonal flu test.

    Drive-Thru Testing Location and Hours

    Doylestown Health's COVID and Flu Testing site is located at:
    584 Swamp Road (Route 313, just south of the intersection with Ferry Road)

    Timed reservations are scheduled:
    • Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 3:30 pm.
    • Saturdays, from 8 am to 1 pm.

    To schedule please call 267-810-1730 for direct access to 70 available phone lines.

    Test Results

    Patients who were tested and experiencing even mild symptoms should stay home while awaiting results.

    Testing Cost

    Federal law requires private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid to cover COVID-19 tests without any cost to the patient and provides funding to support free testing for some people without health insurance, though it does not guarantee access to no-cost tests for the uninsured.

    The following is the cost of COVID-19 testing conducted by Doylestown Health. Please call the Billing Department at 215.345.2182 with questions about the cost of COVID-19 testing to you.

    CPT Code Description Hospital Charge Self-pay Rate
    87635 COVID-19 SARS CoV-2 Lab $230.00 $115.00
    G2023 COVID-19 Specimen Collection $30.00 $15.00

    TOTAL $260.00 $130.00




    CPT Code Description Hospital Charge Self-pay Rate
    86769 SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)Ab, IgG $115.00 $57.00
  • Coronavirus Resources

    Guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Health and CDC are updated regularly. Please visit these websites for the most recent information:

  • Restricted Visitor Policy

    For the safety of patients, visitors and staff, Doylestown Hospital has implemented a RESTRICTED visitor policy due to COVID-19. For details, please visit our Visiting Hours page.

  • Outpatient Services Now Open

    Your health and well-being is our highest priority. That is why we have set high standards for safety and are taking every precaution possible as we welcome you back for Outpatient services at Doylestown Hospital and The Health & Wellness Center in Warrington.

    Learn More

  • Telehealth

    Doylestown Health Medical Staff providers are now offering telehealth appointments, bringing you safe, effective healthcare in the comfort of your home. Telehealth is the safest option for managing routine healthcare and addressing the challenges of COVID-19, because you don't have to leave your house to see a doctor.

    Learn more about Telehealth

  • Doylestown Health Urgent Care

    Doylestown Health Urgent Care is here and ready to welcome you. Staffed by board certified Doylestown Health physicians, we provide walk-in or call-ahead expert care for the whole family. The current hours for Doylestown Health Urgent Care are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 9 pm and Saturday, Sunday and major holidays from 9 am to 4 pm.

    We have taken extraordinary steps to make your visit safe and comfortable, including:

    • Thorough cleaning protocols that includes disinfecting all surfaces every 15 minutes
    • Strict adherence to social distancing policy by roping off seating areas and limiting entry to patients only (with the exception of children and those who require physical assistance)
    • Patients are screened* at the door in accordance to the latest screening criteria
    • Staff and patients are required to wear a mask
    • Staff has their temperature taken at the beginning and end of every shift

    COVID-19 Testing

    Doylestown Health has established a dedicated drive-thru testing site at  584 W. Swamp Road (Route 313) for the screening of COVID-19 or seasonal flu infection conducted by physician's order  only . This change is to keep patients safe and to provide for efficient and convenient results.

    The drive-thru testing facility is replacing all outpatient COVID-19 testing previously performed on the Doylestown Hospital campus or the Doylestown Health Urgent Care Center.

    Patients interested in being tested should consult their primary care physician first about the need and appropriateness for a screening test. Patients will receive scheduling instructions when they obtain a physician order for either the COVID-19 or seasonal flu test.

    Drive-Thru Testing Location and Hours

    Doylestown Health's COVID and Flu Testing site is located at:
    584 Swamp Road (Route 313, just south of the intersection with Ferry Road)

    Timed reservations are scheduled:
    • Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 3:30 pm.
    • Saturdays, from 8 am to 1 pm.

    To schedule please call 267-810-1730 for direct access to 70 available phone lines.

    Questions? Contact Doylestown Health Urgent Care at 215.863.8363.

    *Screening includes temperature taking and a series of health questions.

  • Classes and Events

    Community education programs and support groups sponsored by Doylestown Health are cancelled. Whenever possible, they will be held via teleconference or webinar.

    Childbirth and Parenting Education

    In lieu of in-person classes, prenatal and childbirth education resources can be found online.

    LEARN ABOUT ONLINE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION RESOURCES

  • COVID-19 Questions

    Doylestown Health strives to keep you updated as recommendations, and our response to the public health crisis, evolves. Visit the  the frequently asked questions page, or download our most up-to-date guidelines and policies. You may also email questions to ContactDH@dh.org. Expect a delay in responding to emails, especially during times of high volume. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

  • Supplies and Donations

    Doylestown Health is grateful for the many offers we are receiving to donate equipment or supply materials for the protection of our patients and associates. 

    To learn more or to submit your offer of  donations of goods and supplies or  direct contributions of funds, please visit Doylestown Health Foundation. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated.

    Support Doylestown Healths Response to COVID-19

About Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 239 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.

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